North Island Giant Moa

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North Island Giant Moa

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Character Data
Japanese Name: ジャイアントモア
Romanised Name: Jaiantomoa
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Dinornis novaezealandiae
Distribution: New Zealand
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: Unknown
Read More: North Island giant moa
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 EX.svg.png
North Island Giant Moa Nexon Game

North Island Giant Moa is a bird Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

North Island Giant Moa has beige hair with a long ponytail that reaches her legs with shade of yellow on the tip of her front fringe. Her skin is bronze and her eyes are yellow, she also has painting strokes on her cheeks and earrings with jewels attached to them. Her top is composed of short and sleeveless white shirt with a neckline that is cut very low in front gently curving deep V, a long fluffy scarf, brown evening gloves and three golden rings at each wrists. She wears a short circular brown skirt with pressed-in ridges and purple thigh-high socks with tribal symbols on them. As the other bird Friends, She also has wings that belongs to her specie.

In Real Life

Dinornis novaezealandiae (North Island Giant Moa)

This particular moa lived on the North Island of New Zealand, and lived in the lowlands (shrublands, grasslands, dunelands, and forests) Slightly smaller than the South Island giant moa, the North Island species was the second tallest of the nine moa species, standing up to 2 metres at the back and up to 3 metres with neck stretched upwards. Both giant moa species (genus Dinornis) had relatively long, shaggy hair-like feathers up to 18 cm long, covering the body, and exhibited the greatest size difference between males and females of any bird, with adult females being much larger than adult males.

Based on their skull and bill morphology and the frequent presence of large masses of gizzard stones, it is likely that North Island moa consumed a fibrous diet of twigs and leaves. Flowers, berries and seeds from trees, shrubs and vines were also taken, but they consumed few herbs or grasses.

The main cause of extinction was overhunting by humans for food. Moa chicks may have also been eaten by the introduced Polynesian Dog.

The relatively long leg bones of giant moa indicates that they were more agile than other large moa species, and a large olfactory lobe suggests that they had an acute sense of smell.

The remains of a large white moa egg (190 x 150 mm) thought to be from this species was found in a rock shelter near Waitomo Caves. It is estimated that this egg would have weighed over 3 kg when fresh.

References

1.http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/north-island-giant-moa


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